Allen Has Ordered ‘Uninhibited Access’ to Oil Spill Operations

By Evan Harris

Jun 6, 2010 10:15am

Admiral Thad Allen told me he has ordered that oil spill operations be open to the media.  The National Incident Commander for the oil spill efforts said in my “This Week” interview, “I put out a written directive and I can provide it for the record that says the media will have uninhibited access anywhere we're doing operations, except for two things, if it's a security or safety problem.  That is my policy.  I'm the national incident commander.”

When I was in Louisiana over the weekend, I experienced stony silence from government workers and private contractors working for BP who were told not to talk about the work they are doing. Allen pledged to make sure word about his directive gets out to workers.

   TAPPER:  Lastly, I saw firsthand when I was down in Louisiana over
the weekend, all the workers there, whether they work for the governor
or for BP or for private contractors who work for BP, they've all been
told not to talk to the press, not to talk to the public about their
work.  Shouldn't they be allowed to share with the public the work that
they're doing?

    ALLEN:  I put out a written directive and I can provide it for the
record that says the media will have uninhibited access anywhere we're
doing operations, except for two things, if it's a security or safety
problem.  That is my policy.  I'm the national incident commander.

    TAPPER:  Well, I can tell you firsthand people are not — people are
not following that.

    ALLEN:  You take (ph) the information and you tell me where it's at,
and we'll get the word to them.

    TAPPER:  All right, Admiral Allen, thanks so much for joining us.

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